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Alabama’s Saban Says No To Twitter

twitter-logo-birdTwitter has become a key recruiting tool for coaches across the country.  It’s a means of keeping tabs on recruits and what they’re thinking on a minute-by-minute basis.  It’s an opportunity to link to information that you want prospects to see.  In general, it’s just one more arrow in the quiver when it comes to landing top athletes.

It’s also completely unnecessary when your list of recent accomplishments reads like this:


*  First man to win national titles with two different schools since World War II

*  Winner of four BCS championships since 2003

*  Winner of two straight BCS championships

*  Winner of three of the last four BCS championships

*  Undefeated and barreling toward a third straight BCS championship, which would be five overall and four of the last five


Nick Saban’s quiver is so full of arrows at the moment that he doesn’t need to join the Twitter-craze.  “I’ve never considered joining Twitter,” he said yesterday.  “Nor do I know anybody who would.  There’s a lot of people that do and I guess that I’m one of the ones in the minority.”

Very much so.  The only other SEC coach not on Twitter is South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, another former national crown-winner.

Below are links to the other 12 coaches’ Twitter feeds:


Arkansas’ Bret Bielema (1,473 tweets, 77,739 followers)

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn (193 tweets, 47,392 followers)

Florida’s Will Muschamp (352 tweets, 48,420 followers)

Georgia’s Mark Richt (360 tweets, 89,165 followers)

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops (543 tweets, 54,302 followers)

LSU’s Les Miles (677 tweets, 120,100 followers)

Miss. State’s Dan Mullen (1,738 tweets, 49,569 followers)

Missouri’s Gary Pinkel (2,902 tweets, 36,894 followers)

Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze (5,180 tweets, 57,708 followers)

Tennessee’s Butch Jones (4,501 tweets, 100,488 followers)

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin (1,679 tweets, 44,461 followers)

Vanderbilt’s James Franklin (1,391 tweets, 25,734 followers)


And as always, you can follow our own Twitter feed — ranked by Maxim Magazine and Athlon Sports as one of the feeds all guys and all sports fans should follow — by clicking right here.

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Tennessee Preparing For “Red” Team, Not Alabama

Red team is ready1We at aren’t big on coaches who refuse to say the names of rivals.  Woody Hayes famously wouldn’t say Michigan.  Gerry DiNardo wouldn’t say Tennessee.  Dan Mullen won’t say Ole Miss.  There are plenty of other examples out there.

Yesterday, the world learned of a new one.  Tennessee’s Butch Jones is trying avoid the word, “Alabama,” this week as his fresh-off-an-upset Vols prepare to face their longtime rival in Tuscaloosa.  UT players aren’t getting ready to play Bama this week, they’re getting ready to play “the red team.”

Silly?  Perhaps.  But at least Jones has provided his team with a reason — other than “hate” — for his use of the “red team” moniker.  So says Vol receiver Alton “Pig” Howard:


“Mentally, just by their name, when teams hear that name, they’re mentally beat already before they step on the field.  I give them credit, but we’ve got warriors on our team as well.  We’re ready to go to war.”


(A short pause for the literalists out there to bark about a player comparing football to war… blah, blah, blah, got it.)

The fact that Jones is playing name games in order to make his players more aware of the fact that they’re facing a football team — not Gods — actually seems rather smart.  Unfortunately for Tennessee, the Volunteers would have a much better chance at Bryant-Denny Stadium if some generic “red team” were scheduled to show up… rather than top-ranked Alabama.

Remember what the noted football guru Shakespeare said: “A rose by any other name.”

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